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ComputerWorld: Q&A: SCO's CEO calls Unix sell-off 'the right deal' for the company

Aug 09, 2000, 01:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"After suffering two straight quarterly losses and watching its Unix operating systems get overtaken in market share by upstart Linux, The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. (SCO) threw in the towel last week and agreed to sell its Unix and professional services businesses to Caldera Systems Inc. for about $120 million in cash and stock."

"Once the sale goes through, SCO plans to focus primarily on its Tarantella software, a piece of middleware that lets end users access applications running on various server platforms from their Web browsers (see story). In an interview with Computerworld, SCO co-founder and CEO Doug Michels discussed the deal with Caldera and SCO's future."

"Q: Any regrets about the deal?"

"A: No, this is the right deal at the right time, I think. This is the deal that's the best answer for our customers, our employees, our shareholders and the industry as a whole . . . If you combine the recent antitrust actions [against Microsoft Corp.] and the excitement around open-source [software such as Linux], we are really seeing a time now where operating systems are an open question again. People are open-minded, they're looking at choices, they're excited about open source. But they're worried about how do they buy it, and how do they [make sure it's secure]. And I see an opportunity here to really affect the landscape, to have a significant impact on the future of the industry."

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